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‘Not Tonight 2’ tackles capitalism and political greed in an ‘alternative’ US

Three years after taking on Brexit in , publisher No More Robots and developer PanicBarn are working on a sequel to the satirical political RPG. Not Tonight 2 takes place in a supposedly alternate version of the US, where “capitalism and political greed have taken center stage and democracy is a thing of the past.” 

Not Tonight 2 centers around three intertwined stories written by a group of POC artists and authors. Three characters — Malik, Kevin and Mari — embark on a road to trip to try and save their friend Eduardo from deportation or another terrible fate.

The original game drew comparisons to Papers, Please for its core gameplay of checking IDs as a bouncer at pubs and nightclubs. Those mechanics are back in the sequel, along with a variety of minigames, including everything from word association and rhythm games to working at the border wall, joining a cult and serving poutine to Canadians. 

More than 400,000 people have played Not Tonight, which landed on Nintendo Switch last year. Not Tonight 2 should hit Steam later this year.

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Hitman 3 Season of Greed update revealed, pre-update in May

A new set of updates appeared for Hitman 3 (or III, if you prefer) this week, with the Seven Deadly Sins Collection (Act 1: Greed) in full effect. If you’re not already aware, we’re a whole week deep into the Hitman III Season of Green. This series of events started on March 30 and lasts until May 9, 2021. Act 1: Greed of the 7 Deadly Sins was released on March 30, 2021.

Also starting on March 30, and lasting until April 12, 2021, Hitman III featured a BERLIN EGG HUNT. This seasonal event celebrates the happy bunny fantasy with death and destruction, complete with a Raver Outfit available for unlock.

Starting on April 9 and lasting until April 19, The Collector will be in the game as a Dartmoor Elusive Target. He looks sort of like the manager character from Metalocalypse – but probably not quite as deadly.

Featured contracts coming in soon include “Two Angry Gamers” on April 15, 2021, and “Achievement Hunter” on May 6, 2021. Starting on April 23 and lasting until May 3, Hitman III features a Hawke’s Bay Elusive Target “THE POLITICIAN.” Just about a week into that, there’ll be an Escalation (on April 29) called The Jinzhen Incident. GREED can be purchased on its own for $4.99, or you can get the whole Seven Deadly Sins collection for $29.99.

At the end of all this we’ll see another major game update for Hitman III on May 10. We do not yet know what this major game update will bring, but we DO know that it’s ready to roll for May 10, 2021. Cross your fingers we see some cross-game integration – something real WEIRD like that.

This is the latest in a lovely set of updates packaged by the creators of Hitman 3 in a way that’s both user-friendly and encouraging for all those that could potentially buy a game from said creators in the future. Support and updates for a game such as this makes the masses love the creator, and support the creator, and ensure the creator’s future is all but guaranteed.

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Chrome 89 promises less memory greed and a cooler, quieter Mac

Google claims to have tamed Chrome’s memory-hungry ways, with the Chrome M89 release of the browser reportedly making big cuts when it comes to system demands. Long a topic of frustration, Chrome’s hunger for RAM – as well as other Windows, Mac, and Android resources – has also long been a focus for Google’s Chromium engine team, and this time they say they’ve made significant improvements.

In Windows, for example, Chrome 89 is showing up to 22-percent memory savings in the browser process. That’s not all, either: the Chromium team claims it can also save 8-percent in the renderer, and 3-percent in the GPU.

Browser responsiveness, meanwhile, has improved by up to 9-percent. Google gathers those results using real-world user data, anonymously aggregated across Chrome clients from those who allow the company to get performance reports.

As for just how it did that, according to Product Manager Mark Chang, it’s down to a new memory allocator. Dubbed PartitionAlloc, it’s now being used in the 64-bit Windows version of Chrome – and the Android version of the browser – with Chang saying that the system has been optimized around low allocation latency, space efficiency, and security. Chrome should also be smarter about discarding memory, too, and can now reclaim up to 100MiB per tab by discarding memory the foreground tab isn’t actively using.

For instance, if you load a webpage with big images, Chrome 89 can discard those pictures as you scroll past them. It’s enough, Chang says, to save more than 20-percent of memory on some popular sites.

As for macOS, there Chrome 89 is catching up with versions for other platforms. By shrinking its memory footprint in background tabs, it’s apparently seeing up to 8-percent Amoy savings, or the equivalent of more than 1GiB. Macs will also benefit from improved tab throttling, leading to up to a 65-percent improvement on its Apple Energy Impact score for background tabs. The result, Change says, should be a cooler-running Mac and less need for active cooling with the fans.

Unsurprisingly, given Google’s focus on Android recently, Chrome on the mobile platform is getting some extra attention. Thanks to new Play and Android capabilities, Chang says, the Chrome team could repackage the browser. He claims “we’re seeing fewer crashes due to resource exhaustion, a 5% improvement in memory usage, 7.5% faster startup times, and up to 2% faster page loads.”

If you’ve got an Android Q device with 8GB of memory or more, you’ll be able to take advantage of Chrome rebuilt as a 64-bit binary. That should be more stable, Chang says, along with up to 8.5-percent faster at page loading, and 28-percent smoother for input latency and scrolling.

Those with less potent devices, meanwhile, could see an improvement, with Chrome 89 taking advantage of Android App Bundles to optimize APK size. That means the Play store can generate tailored downloads for the specific device, so that only the necessary code is used.

Chrome on Android should start faster, too. Freeze-Dried Tabs basically now saves a lightweight version of the tabs you have open, more akin to a screenshot in size, but still with working links and scroll/zoom support. By showing those initially – while the full page loads in the background – when Chrome starts up, the Android browser can be ready 13-percent faster.

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